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Published: Wednesday March 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 1:36:38 PM

Banting murders: There was no conspiracy, police tell court in Sosilawati case

SHAH ALAM: A deputy head of the police criminal investigation department denied a conspiracy to 'fix up' two men who are currently serving jail sentences for disposing of evidence in the murder trial of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others.

Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Zakaria from the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters said there was no plot to set up K. Sarawanan, 22, and U. Suresh, 30, when he facilitated meetings between the men and lawyers Roslie Sulle and his partner Muhammad Naguib Abdul Malik.

"I wanted to provide for their legal rights," said the witness. He said it was the detainees' right to choose their lawyers.

Sarawanan and Suresh are currently serving a total of 28 years jail each in Sungai Udang prison, Melaka after pleading guilty to disposing evidence in the murders of Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, CIMB bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32.

Last week, Sarawanan's father N. Kandasamy testified that his son was 'tricked and forced' into confessing that he had disposed evidence related to the murders of Sosilawati and her companions.

Roslie represented Sarawanan when he admitted to the offence at a magistrate's court in Banting in October 2010.

Four men - N. Pathmanabhan, T. Thilayalagan, R. Matan and R. Kathavarayan - have claimed trial to murdering Sosilawati and her companions. They allegedly committed the offences at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, last year.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Justice Akhtar Tahir on Thursday.

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Tags / Keywords: Nation, News, Courts & Crime, Sosilawati, Banting murders, Pathmanabhan

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